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The contribution of North Canterbury women to our region’s economic development is vital. Sustainable development can only be based on gender equality. As local MP, I get the opportunity to meet dynamic, successful women around the electorate every day, who are not only achieving at the highest level but who are boosting our local economy.

To celebrate the contribution of our North Canterbury women, I enjoyed hosting the Inspiring Women networking lunch last month. Local marketing powerhouse Alice Mackenzie, a self-confessed business start-up addict, spoke on her own personal journey and presented a workshop on her start-up tips and social-media marketing tricks. Hon Nikki Kaye, National’s Spokesperson for Education and MP for Auckland Central, also delivered a powerful speech. Feedback after the event has been great, with attendees telling me how much they appreciated this opportunity to network with other women in business and that they felt encouraged to pursue their own goals in their respective fields.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was Balance for Better. This encapsulates the drive towards the benefits of creating gender balance across all sectors but we shouldn’t be focusing on this for only one day of the year. Gender parity benefits everybody and as local MP I fully support bettering the balance.

  • On 6 June I will be holding a public healthcare meeting in the Rangiora Town Hall at 7pm for the Canterbury District Health Board to report back to us on developments around after-hours care in Waimakariri. With increasing numbers of young families moving into our area and a growing population of senior citizens achoosing to make their home in Waimakariri, I have been working hard with our community in calling for after-hours health care that will provide better health outcomes and offer peace of mind.

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